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  • Capital: Bogotá
  • Official Language: Spanish
  • Total population: 47.704.427 people
  • Time zone: COT (UTC-5)
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Visa restrictions for entering Colombia

Before travelling

Passengers from countries that have restrictions must apply for a tourist visa at the Colombian consulate in their home country. Visa restrictions for entering Colombia:

Visa not required

Citizens of the following countries do not require a TP-11, TP-12 or TP-13 Visa, to enter and temporarily stay in the country: Germany, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Bhutan, Canada, Czech Republic, Chile, Cyprus, Korea (Republic of), Costa Rica, Croatia, Denmark, Dominica, Ecuador, El Salvador, United Arab Emirates, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, United States of America, Estonia, Fiji, Philippines, Finland, France, Georgia, Grenada, Greece , Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Iceland, Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Micronesia, Monaco, Montenegro , Norway, New Zealand, The Netherlands, Palau, Panama, Paupa New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Dominican Republic, Romania, Russia (Federation of), San Cristobal and Nieves, Samoa, San Marino, Saint Lucia, Holy See, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Serbia, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uruguay, Venezuela.

Visa required

Citizens of the following countries require a visa to enter the country.  Albânia, Argélia, Armênia, Bahrein, Benin, Bielorrússia, Botsuana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Camarões, Chade, Comores, Congo, Costa do Marfim, Egito, Eritreia, Etiópia, Gabão, Gâmbia, Gana, Guiné, Guiné Bissau Guiné Equatorial, Haiti, Índia, Quénia, Quirguistão, Quiribáti, Kosovo, Kuwait, Lesoto, Macedónia, Madagáscar, Malawi, Maldivas, Mali, Marrocos, Maurícia, Mauritânia, Moldávia, Mongólia, Namíbia, Nauru, Nepal, Nicarágua, Níger, Omã, República Centro-Africana, Ruanda, São Tomé e Príncipe, Senegal, Seychelles, Suazilândia, Tailândia, Tanzânia, Tadjiquistão, Timor Leste, Togo, Tonga, Tunísia, Turcomenistão, Tuvalu, Ucrânia, Uzbequistão, Vanuatu, Vietnã, Zâmbia e Zimbábue.

Student visa or work permit

If the reasons for the traveller to enter the country are studying or working, they must apply for a visa or permit in a Colombian consulate accredited to the country from where they will come. Before traveling we recommend consulting the procedures and requirements of Colombian law in each case with the nearest consular or diplomatic agent.

  • Student card
  • Certificates of Vaccination
  • Travel insurance or health care
  • Recent passport size pictures
  • Photocopies of your passport, credit cards, insurance and others.
Entering Colombia
Travel to Colombia

When entering Colombia, you must consider some important recommendations. In this section you will find information related to the entry of your luggage, the regulations regarding the entry of foreign currency and temporary imports.

During your stay in our country you should also be aware of emergency numbers and institutions that will ensure your safety and wellbeing. We provide all of this information on this page.

Airport tax

The airport tax is the amount charged to passengers for the use of airport facilities. It is mandatory for the passenger to pay the value when using both regular and informal commercial air transport.

For further information refer to the Head of Airport Services:

Phone: + 57 (1) 425 1000, + 57 (1) 425 1000, + 57 (1) 425 1000 Ext 2588 and 2083.

Fax: + 57 (1) 413 9459.

Airport tax for Colombians

Los nacionales pagan la tasa aeroportuaria en el aeropuerto.

The following are exempt:

  • Passengers in transit who arrive and depart on the same date with a destination different from the origin.
  • The crew of Colombian companies traveling in performance of their duties.
  • The staff of the armed forces and the Colombian National Police traveling on official business.
  • Children under two years of age.

Officials of the Civil Aeronautics traveling on official business.

Student visa or work permit

Tasa aeroportuaria para los internacionales

For International visitors airport tax is set at the Representative Market Rate (TRM).

The following are exempt:

  • International travellers in transit.
  • Official sports delegations accredited by the Colombian government.
  • Officials from the Civil Aeronautics traveling on official business.
  • People deported or not allowed in the country.
  • Members of the military and the Colombian National Police on active duty traveling on official business.
  • Crew Members of regular air carriers when traveling in the performance of their duties.
  • Diplomatic bags.
  • Musical instruments occupying an aircraft seat.
  • Children under two years of age.

Upon entry to Colombia, passengers can enter two types of baggage: accompanied baggage and unaccompanied baggage

Accompanied baggage

This luggage is carried by traveller at the time of entry and may consist of personal effects and / or permitted items.

Unaccompanied baggage

This is the luggage that enters the country before or after the traveller arrives and should be consigned to his name. If you have already entered or will enter part of the baggage as cargo it must be declared on the Baggage and Money Declaration Form, and you must inform the customs officer before leaving the customs area. Otherwise, the shipping goods will have to be nationalized. Baggage that arrives thirty days before or ninety days after the traveller’s arrival will pay a 15% tax.

Entry money and goods

Besides personal effects, each traveller is entitled to bring to Colombia money and goods free of duty and taxes under the following conditions:

  • US $ 10,000 or its equivalent in any currency. If the amount exceeds this, you must declare this income to the customs authorities.
  • Family and non-commercial articles for personal use up to US$1,500, these items are tax free and must be included in he accompanied baggage.
  • Household, sporting or items proper to the traveller’s art, profession or occupation, with a maximum of 3 units of each type, up to US$2,500. These goods must pay a tax of 15% and the traveller must be abroad for a minimum of 5 days. These can be brought in as accompanied or unaccompanied baggage.
  • Entry of national heritage items (cultural, historical, artistic and ecological etc.) from other countries must be reported to customs authorities.

Entry of goods by minors

Minors can only bring goods up to a value equivalent to 50% of the quotas set forth herein.

  • Items or goods that cannot enter under this scheme:
  • Railroad vehicles and materials or automobiles.
  • Aircraft or aerodynes, balloons, airships and gliders.
  • Boats or any floating device and / or their parts.
  • Weapons, ammunition and explosives.
  • Transportation equipment such as tyres and spare parts for cars or machines.
  • Exception: bicycles, wheelchairs and strollers.
  • Example: If the traveller has been out of the country for more than five days, their quota is up to $4,000. Housewares, sports and that are unique to the traveller’s art or profession are included. Travellers may bring in up to 3 units of each item, not exceeding the quota of $4,000, of which $ 1,500 is tax free. The remaining $2,500 will pay 15% tax (once a year). Therefore, it is important to carry the invoice of purchases with you to verify their value.
Baggage declaration and payment of tax

The limits for the arrival of household goods to the national customs territory is one month prior to four months after the date of its owner’s arrival. To pay the tax, you should go to " Filers Circuit " for baggage screening and attach:

  • Invoices for goods
  • Passport.
  • Ticket stub.
  • You can pay the tax in national or freely convertible currency. Failure to submit taxable goods to the customs will result in their confiscation.
Entry of foreign currency

Travellers bringing in amounts above US$10,000 or its equivalent in other currencies, including Colombian pesos in cash are obliged by law to declare this in the Baggage and Money Declaration Form.

Travellers can bring in the following, provided they do not exceed the amount provided by law:

  • Foreign currency in cash.
  • Foreign currency in securities representing the same.
  • Negotiable instruments in foreign currency.
Temporary imports

A general import refers to the entry of foreign goods for a limited time and for a specific purpose. These include:

Plant material o animals

Colombian health legislation has restricted the entry of plants or parts thereof, animals or products thereof.

If the visitor enters any plant or animal material he must immediately inform the officer of the Colombian Agricultural Institute, ICA, Port Health Service at the airport.

Household goods

Household goods consist exclusively of items corresponding to a household such as furniture, household appliances, accessories and bicycles with wheels up to 50 inches in outside diameter, wheelchairs and the like, invalid carriages and strollers for transporting children.

Non-residents who enter the country to take up residence, have the right to bring in personal effects and household goods without registration or an import license. Household goods are subject to payment of customs duties and cannot be declared before the arrival of the owner in whose name the shipment should be consigned.

For your return, you must fill out the form prescribed by the Directorate of National Taxes and Customs (DIAN). In accordance with Article 92 of Law 488 of 1988, goods that are part of the household, pay a single tax of 15% ad valorem.

Pet Transportation

After arriving in Colombia and filling in the DIAN form which records the entry of the pet, The traveller should approach the ICA Port Health Office at the airport along with the pet with the following documents for the respective inspection and subsequent permission to enter the country.

Requirements for the mobilization of pets on international flights:

  • Health certificate with up to eight day expedition, signed by a veterinarian.
  • Certificate of current vaccines.

To bring in dogs and cats to the country, the ICA requires an international veterinary certificate guaranteeing that the animal has not shown symptoms of rabies for 48 hours prior to its shipment.

The following applies for domestic flights:

Internal mobilization guide, once the current vaccination certificate issued by a veterinarian is presented. For more information, please contact us at + 57 (1) 425 1000 Ext 2297 -. 2330.

Transporting cats

For the transport of cats, inactivated virus vaccination certificate against rabies (in countries where the disease exists) and feline panleukopenia is required.

Transport of dogs

For transporting dogs, inactivated virus vaccination certificate against rabies (in countries where the disease exists), distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis and parvovirus.

Transportation of other pets

Similarly, those who are thinking of bringing Colombia a pet different from the traditional dogs and cats, i.e. species like ferrets, rabbits, chinchillas, hamsters, guinea pigs and gerbils as pets must present the animal health import document prior to shipment date. This document must be processed directly in the offices of the ICA and is issued in a maximum of three working days.

This should be presented at the time of its arrival to Colombia and is valid for 90 days.

Pets also must have been subjected to two external and internal parasite treatments with an interval of fifteen days, the last of which must have been eight days before shipment. It is also required to have been transported in isolation from other animals.

Leaving Colombia

When leaving Colombia, travellers should consider some requirements to return home safely.

Here you will find information relating to the payment of departure tax and those who are exempt from payment. We also place at your disposal regulations concerning the goods and specialty items such as protected species of wild flora and fauna and archaeological and historical heritage items.

Departure tax

In Colombia departure tax must be paid by all international departures, both Colombian and foreigners living in Colombia; this applies additionally for foreign tourists visiting or in transit when their stay exceeds 60 days in the territory of Colombia.

Colombian departure tax cost

In the case of foreigners who are not resident in Colombia and have not exceeded 60 days in the country, these may complete the application procedure for issuing exemption at the Aerocivil modules set up for this purpose in international airports, where they will verify compliance with the requirement with the citizen’s passport, it will be stamped as a measure of control. If this certificate is presented to the airline at check- in time there no need to pay the tax. If foreign citizens stay in Colombia for more than 60 days, they must pay a departure tax averaging US$38 or $68,000 in total at the airline check-in desk.

If for some reason a departure tax on the ticket is paid and is subsequently granted the exemption, you must apply to the airline for reimbursement of the money, which must be returned before the trip.


Colombian nationals exempt from departure tax

  • Employees or officers of the service of the Central Government or the decentralized sector, when traveling on official business, upon Government approval.
  • People that study abroad on scholarships or loans from the Colombian Institute of Educational Credit and Technical Studies Abroad and students who travel on behalf of universities recognized by the Ministry of Education.
  • Officers and employees of international land, sea and air transportation enterprises who by virtue of their work are travelling abroad, provided that the organization certifies the service of international transport and the official or employee files with the Civil Aeronautics a certification the company chief of staff stating the position held and the purpose of the journey.
  • Residents of the Archipelago of San Andres and Providencia when traveling to a Central American country for a period not exceeding ten days.
  • Official sports delegations accredited by the national government.
  • Residents abroad visiting or in transit in Colombia when their stay in the country does not exceed 180 days.
  • People traveling on a diplomatic passport.
  • Children under five years of age.
  • Regular Colombian maritime and air transport companies ship and aircraft crews.


Foreign tourists exempt from departure tax


  • Diplomats and sports delegations.
  • Passengers in transit when their stay in the country does not exceed sixty (60) days.
  • Persons traveling within border areas legally defined as such, provided they submit to customs regulations.
  • Diplomatic bags and musical instruments that occupy a seat in an aircraft.
Exit of specialized goods and items

As regards specialized goods and items, there is a maximum quota, subject to periodic changes. You can take items such as video cameras, professional equipment and other valuable goods that travellers use abroad.

To bring them back to Colombia tax free, present yourself at the Customs Airport Office and fill out the Declaration of Temporary Export for these items.

Wild fauna and flora protected species

Colombian law prohibits and penalizes the extraction, transportation, marketing and export of any species of wild flora or wildlife, alive or dead.

Archaeological or historical heritage

Colombian law prohibits and penalizes the sale and export of original pieces of national cultural heritage. Refrain from buying them. If you are interested in taking samples of prehispanic and colonial art from Colombia, you can buy replicas of them.

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